Monday, 6 June 2011

Red Hot Chili Peppers - I'm With You - New Album


Red Hot Chili Peppers will release their 10th studio album 'I'm With You' on August 29, they have now confirmed.

There had been speculation that the LP, which is the follow-up to 2006's double album'Stadium Arcadium', would be titled 'Dr Johnny Skinz's Disproportionately Rambunctious Polar Express Machine-head' - a title inspired by an acid trip a friend of singer Anthony Kiedis once had, but the California quartet have clearly thought better of it.

The album, which has been produced by frequent collaborator Rick Rubin, will be preceded by a single, which is titled 'The Adventures Of Raindance Maggie' and will be released on July 18. 

'I'm With You' is the band's first album since 1995's 'One Hot Minute' that will not feature guitarist John Frusciante. He quit the band in 2009 to be replaced by former touring guitarist and ex-Warpaint six stringer Josh Klinghoffer

"Monarchy of Roses"
"Factory of Faith"
"Brendan's Death Song"
"Annie Wants a Baby"
"Look Around"
"The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie"
"Did I Let You Know"
"Goodbye Hooray"
"Happiness Loves Company"
"Police Station"
"Even You Brutus?"
"Meet Me at the Corner"
"Dance, Dance, Dance"


Following the close of the band's world tour in support of Stadium Arcadium (2006), the band entered a one-year hiatus, which subsequently stretched to over two years. According to vocalist Anthony Kiedis, there was a collective decision "not [to] do anything Red Hot Chili Peppers-related for a minimum of one year. [...] We kind of started in 1999 with the writing and the recording of Californication and we didn't really stop until the tour ended last year. We were all emotionally and mentally zapped at the end of that run."[2] During the band's self-imposed hiatus, guitarist John Frusciante departed from the band for the second time. Frusciante was subsequently replaced by his friend and frequent collaborator Josh Klinghoffer, who had been performing alongside the band during the final legs of the Stadium Arcadium tour.

[edit]Recording and production

Recorded under the working title, Dr Johnny Skinz's Disproportionately Rambunctious Polar Express Machine-head,[3] the album was produced by Rick Rubin, at Cello Studios, Los Angeles; the same studio in which the band recorded Californication. Regarding the album's working title, vocalist Anthony Kiedis stated that it was inspired by a friend's acid trip: "He was reminiscing about one of his legendary acid trips, and told us that he had been playing a sold-out show to the planets and moons, and his number-one hit was, well, that title. We found it so funny that we told him for as long as the album was under the radar, that that would be our nickname for it."[4]

[edit]Writing and composition

Regarding the departure of guitarist John Frusciante, and the arrival of Josh Klinghoffer, vocalist Anthony Kiedis stated, prior to the album's release, "it is always going to change the chemistry and feeling of the music when such a creative force as John Frusciante leaves. He was something unique that shaped our sound then, but now I think it's also something fresh and exciting to have a new, incredible musical mind working with us now. We are still the Red Hot Chili Peppers, but we also have to adapt and welcome new opportunities. After all, that is how we've survived all these years."[5]
Kiedis commented on the overall writing process, noting, "this album has been one of evolution. Before, some of our jams were a bit hit-and-miss. On this record, a decent number of songs were actually thought out and planned in a way we had never done before. That is, with Flea's new knowledge of music theory, we explored the writing process with a bit more precision."[6] During the band's hiatus, Flea studied musical theory classes at the University of Southern California,[7] learning piano during his tenure. According to Kiedis, Flea's piano contributions to I'm With You added "a whole new dynamic"[8] to the band's sound.


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